96 days on, occupied Kashmir remains under siege

96 days on, occupied Kashmir remains under siege
Srinagar: Normal life continues to remain badly affected in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as unprecedented and inhuman lockdown entered 96th consecutive day today.

Restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced and hundreds of thousands of Indian forces’ personnel are present in every nook and corner of occupied Kashmir, adding to the fear and anxiety of the people.

Barring partial restoration of landline and postpaid cellular phones, communications links including internet and prepaid mobile connections remain totally snapped in the entire Valley and Muslim-majority areas of Jammu region.

Mass arrests of Kashmiri leaders were made as the government announced revoking the special status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian constitution.

Most of the interiors in Srinagar’s old city continue to remain sealed with iron barricades and concertina wire while the deployment of police and paramilitary forces is intact.

The clampdown has not only affected inter-district road connectivity drastically but has also thrown great challenges for old city residents due to the shutting of factories, industries, and other workplaces.

The past over 90 days have also brought the challenging times for the patients who rely on the consumption of lifesaving drugs which is running short of stock in the valley.